In America, 40% of food is wasted. This waste isn’t the fault of only restaurants and grocery stores; much of this waste is created by people in their own kitchens. This leads to more trash in landfills and less money in your pocket. This is where no-waste cooking comes in. The current trend of no-waste cooking can lessen the amount of waste we produce and help keep the planet clean and the population healthier.
No Waste Cooking
No-waste cooking emphasizes using every part of a whole food and can be a challenging but manageable practice if you’re willing to do some planning. Meal planning is a great way to ensure you are not wasting food. This can seem a daunting task, but thanks to the internet there are unlimited resources for recipes, extended meal plans and grocery lists, and community forums. To get started, check out this article, 7 Starter Steps to Zero Waste.
Soups and Broths
Soups and broths are an amazing way to throw any leftovers into a pot, let it simmer, and reap the benefits. You can use leftover chicken or steak, vegetables that are just about to go limp, and any spices or herbs that remain in your crisper way after that fancy dinner party dish was served. Or you can use bones and fat left from the Thanksgiving Turkey or Christmas Ham and make soup starters that can keep you warm all winter long! This is a great broth recipe to make soup starters and can be frozen up to three months. This how-to scrap soup recipe from Blue Apron is also great for beginners. And speaking of Blue Apron…
Meal Delivery Services
Blue Apron and other complete meal delivery systems pride themselves on providing a no-waste cooking experience. They ship everything you need to make a whole meal right to your door, including fresh produce, herbs, and seasonings. These meals can be tailored to your tastes and diet preferences and there is now a huge selection of providers. Of course, these services come with a price but if you are already throwing away food (and money) it could be right for you. Check out this Forbes guide to different meal subscription services to find the right fit for you and your budget.
Compost is sort of the last resort for organic produce. Some leftovers, like banana peels, just can’t be made into something new! And that’s where composting comes in. Composting allows organic materials to decompose in the perfect environment to create nutrient-rich fertilizer for your grass, flowers, and herb garden. However, you can’t throw just any food into the compost pile. Vegetable scraps, eggshells, and leaves are all safe things to compost. For a guide on composting, check out this video. If you don’t have a backyard, no worries! Here’s an easy guide to compost in your apartment without any unpleasant smells.
Adapting new habits like this can be challenging, and you don’t have to commit to doing all of them at once! Choose one new activity or habit to incorporate into your routine and when it becomes second nature, introduce another! Any of these tips are a great way to reduce food waste and keep our planet healthier.
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